80,000 Rally in the Pouring Rain....there is Something Happening Here....
The Malls are in downtown Cleveland- they are four very large fields ( football size) that border the Beautiful older Judicial and Government Buildings in downtown, and also border the Cleveland Browns Stadium...If you stand in the top Mall, you can see a Beautiful Fountain with Lady Justice and Abe Lincoln....and look down to the Water. Atleast 80,000 were there, there were estimates by reporters in the crowd of over 80,000, but that also does not take into account that when the Browns Game let out ( of over 50,000) many came over to the Rally ( bringing their coolers and food). After 4 PM People waited visited and sang sharing stories of the Bush years and hugs and hope...it was beautiful....
Bruce Introduces Obama...
The Rising..( blurry)
Car Footage - very cool 4PM downtown...I was walking downtown, on this same strip at 4:30PM, and there were block after block of people trying to get onto the three Malls that were open....it was pretty amazing...I passed many of these people, even walked to the other side, and tried to get photos with my phone....but this Volunteer's footage and comments are priceless, what she did not know is that the Browns Football Game let out about 40 minutes after her footage, and that added many thousands more to the Rally.
Thankfully Foreign and National Press did an amazing job covering this Event, the Local Media should get a Bush McCain Propaganda Award for their pathetic coverage.
Even Newspapers down under are covering this beautiful Event for the Historic Event it was ....
CBS has more, even about the Heavens Pouring On Cheney's Name, and other details.
It may have rained,poured....but no one noticed, and is barely mentioned by Richard Wolfe.
I didn't plan to attend the rally...I went to go Vote at the Election Center after I got off work. ...BUT....there were blocks and blocks of people and then I was about a block away and I saw 4 HUGE Travel Buses arrive ( apparently Churches here rented buses to help transport people, an excellent idea).It turns out that 6000 voted there today in less than 5 hours. It was beautiful to see these lines of people, but also daunting, I was not well enough prepared. Soooo I will be back tomorrow and take photos, and bring snacks, a cushion to sit on, and ipod and H2O....and hope that once and for all that the precinct sheet was incorrect and that my registration is FIxed as of October 4th.
I had to park over 10 blocks from the Board of Elections...so I turned around to walk back to my car, and then I realized I could walk downtown, it was only about 14 blocks the other way, I used to live downtown, so I know my way around. So I headed down. There were many MANY more empty buildings, boarded up, broken windows, and much damage. So sad, literally many many blocks of buildings, my favorite shops and eateries are all gone.
It was amazing how peaceful the Rally was, how moving. The City did have 80 Cops on, it amazes me- that 80, 000 could be so peaceful. I would love to see the aerials of the Event, I am sure it was close to 100,000. There were helicopters and the Goodyear Blimp, so Someone should have photos.I won't lie seeing that many people gather for Change and Hope is inspiring.,..and yes, Bruce sang his working man ballads and the crowds sang back.."This Land is Your Land, this land is Ours".
More Photos below...